Britain: The Rough Guideby David Abram
Here are up-to-the minute recommendations of the best places to stay, eat, and drink, in all budget ranges, throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. There are lively and unrivaled accounts of every type of attraction Great Britain has to offer. 72 maps. color photos.
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With a population of seven million, London is Europe's largest metropolis. The city's reputation for trendsetting has never been so justified - the designer boutiques and hip clothes shops of the West End attract as many visitors these days as the famous monuments, galleries and museums.
Stonehenge and Avebury
Intrusive fencing and crowds detract from the majesty of Stonehenge's Neolithic monoliths, but they're still an awesome spectacle. Enthusiasts should also take in Avebury, an equally important - and much more atmospheric - site within striking distance of Salisbury.
A quintessentially English pleasure resort, Brighton has been a target for day-tripping Londoners since the late-eighteenth century, and is now widely regarded as England's trendiest town. The Lanes, a grid of narrow alleys, cafés and boutiques, is at the epicentre of the action.
After London and Stonehenge, the showpiece Georgian city of Bath is England's principal crowd-puller. Round off a day admiring the honey-coloured boulevards with a raucous night in the Bell, Bath's famous (free) live music pub.
Dartmoor in Devon, an expanse of wild moorland dotted with eerie granite outcrops, is among England's largest wilderness areas. It's ideal trekking terrain, and close to some of the country's most scenic stretches of coast.
Manchester's legendary club scene has gone through many stages as a result of police or gangland pressure, but three places stand as top house and dance venues: Equinox, Paradise Factory, and Sankey's Soap.
A memorable way to take in the "dreaming spires" of England's two illustrious university towns, Oxford and Cambridge - collectively known as "Oxbridge" - is by poling a flat-bottomed boat along the rivers that meander through them. Complete the cliché with a bottle of Pimm's.
The Royal Shakespeare Company, or RSC, has three theatres in the bard's much visited birthplace (Stratford-upon-Avon), where you can watch one of the classic plays for under �10.
Although not officially the westernmost tip of England (an honour reserved for nearby Land's End), Cape Cornwall offers more impressive scenery and fewer crowds than its rival. A great venue for sunset-watching.
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